Thursday, April 14, 2011

Things I Want/Need

It's that time of the year when my classroom budget is sitting very close to $0. But something about spring break makes me want to spend some $$$! Instead of spending real money, I thought I'd just share some of my dream purchases.

#1: Apple iPad2
I would love to get my hands on one of these babies! I'd like to look at all those awesome educational apps I keep hearing about. I would also L-O-V-E to get 5 or so of these guys to put in a center or use during reading groups or help struggling students or challenge my advanced students. The possibilities seem endless.

Oh. My. Gosh. I am dying over this little machine! I think I could play on this thing all day. I'm thinking of all sorts of fun Mother's Day presents! My classroom needs one of these in the near future! 

3. More Self-Inking Stamps
I bought a set of stamps like these 4 years ago, and I'm down to my last few. I use them everyday to stamp my students' homework folders.

4. Post-its 
I love Post-its. Every shape and size! I especially love the easel pads and I use the regular size {pretty much} daily. But the thing I love the MOST are these little divider tabs!

 They're great for students' notebooks and I use mine in my teacher binder(s).

5. Class Sets of WWII Books
 I'm reading this book right now as a read aloud and my students love it. It has some great teaching points and really illustrates what life was like in America during WWII. I want a class set so ALL students can have their eyes in the book.
 One of my favorite WWII books. Boys especially love it because it talks a lot about the battles in the Pacific. I love how it integrates Native American studies and tells how important the Navajos were in helping to win the war.
Another great WWII book.

I love the idea of using these three books to help teach my World War Two unit. It will help students understand three very different parts of the war.

I'm sure there are hundreds of more things I'd like to buy for my classroom, if I really sat and thought about it... but I'll stop here. I'm thinking about writing some Donorschoose.org grants in the near future for some of these things. I'll add that to my never-ending 'to do' list! :)

Oh, and one thing I'm going to need: Dr. Pepper. 

9 comments:

Kathleen said...

I have had my eyes on the silhouette for quite some time now...REALLY REALLY want one!!
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AllieKat said...

You have a wonderful wish list! Now if you just start charging people 50 cents each time they view your blog you'd be at your goal in no time! :-)

Btw, I have 2 Cricut machines (one small for my classroom, one large for home) and it's crazy how much they get used. LOVE having a die cutting tool with more versatility than you can imagine!

Good luck to you on getting any and all items on your list, but a word of advice...start with the Dr. Pepper and work your way up! :D

Natalie Kay said...

AllieKat - Best advice ever!! :)

Kerri said...

I'm reading that book to my kids right now also. It is great. Donor's Choose is AWESOME I got a full set of Blood on the River earlier this year.
It is okay to want things.

Andi said...

I LOVE Number the Stars! Even my non-readers (when I taught fourth) would sit up and try to read along to this story. They loved anything WWII. Also, they loved Sudoku and the 1000 Paper Cranes, so sad! But, they were totally engaged.
Keep wishing,
Andi

AllieKat said...

Glad you think so, Natalie! It's good to set attainable goals, don't you think? ;-)

LOVE your blog! You and your fellow "partner in crime" do an amazing job and have inspired me tons-thanks so much for sharing!

Cindy

teachermum said...

OOh - sounds like we have the same taste. I have a draw full of sticky notes as I love teaching with them.
Wouldn't it be great if we could get all that stuff for free???

Beth said...

ok I have a confession to make- I had no idea what a silhouette machine was. I had to look it up! If only we could snap our fingers and our wish lists were now ours :-)

Beth
http://primaryconnections-beth.blogspot.com/

mcwill said...

Your blog timing is always so perfect.... I just found out I get $500 extra in my class thins year as a "gift" for the mentoring I did of a new teacher! I've been eyeing up a couple of ipod touches after reading about how they are used by so many people as listening centers, but I've been wondering should I do an ipad2 instead. I want to spend the money on something really good since I don't often get $500 to spend however I choose! I'm also going to check out your silhouette machine, I have never seen one before either!
thanks again!!!

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